Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news June 23: FIFA cancels corrected ranking, keeping Egypt in Pot 2
FIFA Executive Committee member Hany Abu Rida - YOUM7


EgyptAir plane hijack suspect claims Egyptian authorities tortured, killed Regeni

Egyptian citizen Mostafa Seif El Din, currently standing trial in Cyprus on charges of hijacking an EgyptAir passenger jet, told the court on Thursday the Egyptian government “must have tortured and murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni,” the Associated Press reported.

Seif El Din claimed that he has seen Regeni interrogated in a Cairo prison.

The defendant appealed a Cypriot court decision to extradite him to Egypt upon a request by the Attorney General Nabil Sadek. Egypt has given its assurances that Mustafa will receive a fair trial.

Egypt’s 1st Mistral helicopter carrier arrives in Alexandria

A Mistral-Class helicopter carrier, one of two that Egypt has purchased from France, has arrived in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria Thursday after participating in a joint naval exercise in France earlier this week, Youm7 reported.

Last year, Egypt and France have signed a $1 billion deal on two Mistral helicopter carriers. The second carrier will arrive in Egypt in September.

2 Palestinian militants killed in army raids in North Sinai: source

Two Palestinian militants were killed in North Sinai in raids carried out by the Egyptian armed forces during the past two days, military source told Youm7.

Investigations showed the two “extremely dangerous” militants have infiltrated through tunnels linking between Gaza Strip and the Egyptian border city of Rafah, the source added.

HRW calls on Egypt to release Street Children satirists

Human Rights Watch called on Egypt to release the four detained members of the satirical group Street Children who were arrested last month over video commenting on Egyptian politics.

MPs meet with EU’s Deborah Berhamini to discuss democratic transition

An Egyptian parliamentary delegation met Wednesday with Deborah Bergamini, the European Union Member responsible for drafting a report on the democratic transition and human rights in Egypt to discuss the situation in the country in the past five years, Al-Ahram reported.

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Court sets June 26 to look into government appeal against annulment of Red Sea islands agreement

The Supreme Administrative court on Thursday has set June 26 to start looking into the appeal submitted by the government against a judicial ruling, which voids the Egyptian-Saudi maritime border demarcation agreement signed in April, Youm7 reported.

Court releases mother involved in FGM operation that killed her daughter  

Suez court on Thursday released on 10,000 EGP bail a nurse mother involved in killing her 17 year-old daughter following a female circumcision operation, Youm7 reported.

The general prosecution appealed the ruling and the court has set June 25 to look into the appeal.

Egypt considers MS804 victims officially dead

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail issued a decision that deemed the 66 victims of EgyptAir flight MS804 officially dead.

The decision came two days after Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy has ordered the payment of $25,000 in compensation for each one of the passengers and the crew members who were onboard the plane that crashed over the Mediterranean in May.

Court adjourns Morsi’s insulting judiciary trial to July 2   

The Cairo Criminal Court on Thursday has postponed to July 2 the trial of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and others over accusations of insulting the Egyptian judiciary, Youm7 reported.

Police conscript fatally shot, another injured in ‘terrorist’ attack in Arish

A police conscript was fatally and another one was injured Wednesday after a group of militants opened fire at them near a police station in Arish of the restive Sinai, Youn7 reported. The injured man, 30, has been hospitalized and his condition was very critical following undergoing a surgery .


EGX rebounds on Thursday, benchmark rises by 1.35%

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) rebounded on Tuesday boosted by local institutions as well as Arab and foreign buying appetite, Youm7 reported.

Egypt’s main index EGX30 climbed 1.35 percent on Thursday to reach 7,252 points with stock turnover at 422 million EGP.

4G licenses to be put up in international auction if govt. terms rejected: minister

The 4G mobile license will be put up in an international auction in case any of the three operating mobile network companies rejects the governments term, Communications and Information Technology Minister Yasser al-Kady told Reuters.

T-bill yields rise at Thursday auction: CBE

The yields on Egypt’s six-month and one-year Treasury bills rose at an auction on Thursday, The Central Bank of Egypt announced.

The yield on the 182-day T-bill rose to 14.908 percent from 13.965 percent, while yield on the 364-day bill rose to 15.185 percent from 14.188 percent at an auction a week ago.

Egypt’s manufacturing index goes up by 16.5% in April: CAPMAS

The index of manufacturing (without crude oil and petroleum products) reached 115.00 during April 2016 (primary) compared to137.73 during March 2016 (final), with an increase of 16.5 percent, Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAMAS) Thursday.

Etisalat Egypt has no objection to Telecom Egypt’s would-be mobile service

Etisalat Egypt has no reservations in case that the Telecom Egypt launched a fourth mobile service service in the Egyptian market, Youm7 reported Etisalat Egypt CEO deputy Hazem Metwali, adding that Etisalat is negotiating with banks to get a loan for developing its systems and services.

Egypt’s banks unable to provide investors with dollars

Egyptian banks could not provide investors hard currency of U.S. dollar, Youm7 reported a group of investors who complained shortage of dollars, which caused their exports to be declined by 50 percent due to the dollar crisis, Youm6 reported.


Visitor, reseach centers at Giza pyramids renovated

The Visitor Center and the research building at the Giza Pyramids have been renovated as part of a project to renovate the entire Giza Plateau, head of the projects sector of the Antiquities Ministry Waad Aboul Ela told Youm7 Wednesday.

Egyptian-Greek businessman, Brazilian supermodel tie knot at 5M euros

Karim el-Chiaty, son of Egyptian business tycoon Hamed el-Chiaty, is holding his wedding to Brazilian supermodel Ana Beatriz July 8-9 in the Greek island of Mykonos at a cost of 5 million euros, where some 20 villas will host 400 guests, according to Greek news websites.

Egypt delivers lecture on renovation of Ship of Khufu in Tokyo

A large number of Egyptologists and experts specializing in ancient shipbuilding attended a scientific forum on the renovation of the Ship of Khufu in Tokyo Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

Head of the renovation project Eisa Zidan delivered a lecture on the renovation works and how the ship was assembled and the type of wood used to build it.


FIFA cancels corrected ranking, keeping Egypt in Pot 2 

In a dramatic, though not unexpected turn of events, FIFA has decided to nullify a previously announced “special” ranking set for June 21 that was meant to correct seeding of African teams for 2018 World Cup qualifying, according to KingFut.com.

Egypt’s matches qualifying for the World Cup Russia 2018 to be held at Cairo stadium

Coach of Egypt’s national team Hector Coper asked the Egyptian Football Association Thursday to hold Egypt’s matches qualifying for the World Cup Russia 2018 at Cairo International Stadium to benefit from Egyptian masses who want to support their team to achieve the dream of reaching the 2018 World Cup, according to Youm7.

Egypt faces Turkey at the opening of the under-19 Basketball World Cup

Egypt will face Turkey Thursday at the opening of the under-19 Basketball World Cup held in Spain until July  3, Youm7 reported.

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